Computer Experiments with Lattice Models

  • G. H. Vineyard


High-speed computers have made possible an interesting class of investigations. Starting with an atomic model of a crystal lattice or liquid, the behavior of the model is directly computed to elucidate physical phenomena. Complex models with many degrees of freedom, displaying phenomena resistant to analytical treatment and to definitive study by experimental means, have been employed, and the results have been surprising and enlightening. The picturesque term “computer experiments” is appropriate for such work. In a sense this is a third estate of physics.


Shock Wave Computer Experiment Atomic Model Thermal Agitation Defect Configuration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. H. Vineyard
    • 1
  1. 1.Brookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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